So today is April Fools’ Day, and I didn’t have this post with the whole ‘fool’ content planned – honest. But I came across something today that I found remarkable.
A New York Senator has come out with a Public Service Announcement (advertisements on TV) and even erected SIX billboards around the big apple to reinforce his message, which is – Raise Your Pants.
But before I ellaborate you might remember this…
Sixty Two year old General Larry Platt became an overnight household name in America (for a while anyway) after his monumental and legendary audition for American Idol.
Here it is:
I love how he’s turned the word ‘pant’s into a 2 syllable word, but he also hit a big juicy nerve with Americans everywhere. Not only did YouTube become bombarded with remixes, Larry Platt was asked to perform live on various talk shows across the nation. He was talking about an issue – a phenomenon that has lasted decades that nobody has discussed before, well not in an open forum.
Unless you count Cher in Clueless when she said this,
“So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair – ew – and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.”
Noted, but really just good for a giggle, nothing compared to the chorus of opinion on the matter since Larry Platt’s audition.
It goes without saying that it’s the black American males that rock the ‘exposed boxer short’ look the most. In fact it’s practically a cliché. And interestingly, it’s black males that are voicing their disdain and saying it ‘aint cool. Forshizzl my nizzl.
First General Larry Platt…. Then this guy who in my opinion made the best remix of the song.
And finally, Senator Eric Adams – also a black man. His message contains the following points:
- Stop the sag
- Don’t let our communities seem foolish.
- It’s not a fashion trend
- Young people are above this
- This look comes from a prison culture
- Young people must have pride
- Raise your level of respect
- Raise your pants!
Here is the announcement.
Some people are saying that the Senator is wasting tax payer’s money and that there are bigger issues to worry about. I tend to agree a little. I mean I can understand the senator’s gripe, but without getting too political; I’m sure there are much more important issues facing this demogrpahic: like unemployment, education, health, etc.. But the whole ‘pants on the ground’ look – it’s a shocker. And it’s true the words: educated, successful and wealthydon’t exactly come to mind when you see it… unless it’s li’l Wayne or P-Diddy, or Snoop Dog, or 50 cent… (the successful and wealthy part).
So… this look creates negative stereotypes. But have blondes not been victims of sterotypes? And red-heads for that matter? I got invited on facebook to a “hug a ranga day” and was a bit upset. Why do people think redheads don’t get cuddles too? And what about the stereotypical Australian male?
I can’t imagine K-Rudd or any of his gang getting on TV and asking males to stop saying ‘F***’n oath Mate’ or to stop painting the flag on their face at International sporting games…. Things that if you ask me, make them look dumb! (Oh, and it’s world cup soccer this year… the dread!)
Back to the subject though, YES there is a definite stereotype for black males… one that has changed over time, but at the end of the day – the message is clear. You look like a FOOL!
You only have to think back a few months to the disaster that was Hey, Hey It’s Wednesday, A Waste of TV airtime, Saturday and the Jackson Jibe’s performance.
- Uptight and in need of some extra ‘chill’ powder on his breakfast.
- A warrior for racial discrimination and a spokesman for ignorance
Not that I’m sure you haven’t already seen or read this a million times, but here is what Harry said following the performance:
“I just wanted to say on behalf of my country, I know it was done humorously, but we’ve spent so much time trying to not make black people look like buffoons, …..”
So black face, big lips, afro hair, pants on the ground, gold in ya mouth, cap turned sideways… these are stereotypes that make black men look foolish, dumb, silly etc.
So what about this then??????
I looked up ‘black guy’ in the Urban Dictionary to see if any of the above stereotypes appeared, but they didn’t. Instead – it read this : (their exact words and not mine)
A man with brown skin and dick much larger than yours.
Is this not another stereotype, albeit a positive one! Something for the good Senator to think about… His message is aimed at young males who I’m positive think about sex more than I really care to know.
Maybe this is WHY they like wearing their pants on the ground….
Maybe they’re just advertising?